What is the MLC 2006? The best way to summarise the MLC 2006 is that the objective is to ensure that Seafarers enjoy the same rights as workers who are shore based. The convention will enter into force on the 20th August 2013 having been ratified by 30 members of the ILO.
So who will responsible for compliance with the convention? Under the convention it is the “shipowner” or as far as the yacht industry is concerned it is the Yacht Owner who will be responsible. The convention defines a shipowner as:
“Shipowner means the owner of the ship or another organization or person, such as the manager, agent or bareboat charterer, who has assumed the responsibility for the operation of the ship from the owner and who, on assuming such responsibility, has agreed to take over the duties and responsibilities imposed on shipowners in accordance with this Convention, regardless of whether any other organization or persons fulfill certain of the duties or responsibilities on behalf of the shipowner.”
At Lesia we believe that the expertise we have with regard to the HR and Payroll and employment procedures that will be required under MLC 2006 when employing yacht crew, give our clients a considerable head start when the convention enters into force. If you would like to know more about our pre-MLC Inspections or how Lesia can help you in complying with MLC 2006, then do not hesitate to contact us.